Breg Blog : coming up to 50,000 views!

by Bregs Blog admin team


In celebration of our upcoming milestone of 50,000 views, we will go more lighthearted for the weekend and have a short quiz (thanks to Deirdre Ni Fhloinn for idea!). Here we have an extract from a Law Reform Commission working paper. It has details of a proposal for compulsory registration of Irish building contractors: can you guess the year that this paper dates from? Spot-prize for winner. Extract :

Details of the scheme have not yet been worked out but its main features have been described by a statement from the Government Information Services in the following language:

“Broadly, the agreed scheme provides for the establishment of a body by the Construction Industry Federation for a registration of house builders who are competent, technically and financially, to undertake house building. The purchaser of a house built by a registered house builder will receive a six year guarantee from the builder, which will be backed by the registering body. Every guaranteed house will be inspected by technical officers of the Department of Local Government (or, where appropriate, of Roinn na Gaeltachta) on at least three occasions (foundation, roofing and completion stages) and registered builders will be required to remedy any structural defects then observed. If a builder fails to remedy the defects, his name may be removed from the register and the purchaser will be compensated. A system of conciliation and arbitration will be established to resolve any disputes arising under the scheme. Two observers from the Department of Local Government will attend meetings of the guaranteeing body and the expenses of that body will be met by a small levy (about 1/4 of 1% of the purchase price of the guaranteed house). It is intended to enable builders who are not members of the Federation to be associated with the guarantee scheme.”

(hint: it was the same year the sex pistols were dropped by EMI, SO NOT 2011…)

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Blog stats suggest interest from the public and professionals is growing in BC(A)R SI.9, rather than waning as one might expect post implementation. Visitors to site appear to be increasing by well over 1,500 unique visitors per month. We have almost 460 followers on twitter and this figure is increasing 30% per month. Here are some stats on the blog (as of 28th March 2014):

In total we have nearly received over 47,000 views since the end of November when Blog started with 15,500 unique visitors since end November 2013. The Blog contains 180 factual posts and opinion pieces on many aspects of the new regulations. 460 follow us on twitter and 228 follow us on facebook.  We have had 6,385 referrals from facebook and 5,003 from twitter. Visitors referred by search engines (google etc) are 4,604. We have been referred by over 1,700 times. Our highest ever number was 1,487 views in one day (26th February). To date for March alone the blog has had over 6,000 unique visitors to the site.

stats per month (views):

nov      dec      jan      feb         mar (to date)

2870     6676    4959    13688    18840

We are followed by members of key stakeholders SCSI, ACEI, RIAI, CIF, the Department (DOELG) and other numerous stakeholders and consumer groups. Also we are seeing posts quoted in the public domain in Seanad and Dáil. We hope to continue to deliver factual based posts and opinion pieces and continue the debate. Huge thanks to all of our valued contributors and Social Media team for continued efforts to progress and inform the public. To celebrate we are giving the team the rest of the day off! (blog team only- twitter still 24/7)